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Mi-38 tested in hot and high-altitude conditions

8th July 2019 - 08:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Russian Helicopters has completed a flight test campaign of the Mi-38 in hot and high-altitude conditions. 

Flown under instrument flight rules, the test results from the testing have been delivered to the federal air transport agency Rosaviatsiya, which will add this to the helicopter’s type certificate.

The aircraft made in excess of 50 flights in the city of Astrakhan, successfully confirming the possibility to operate at ambient temperatures of up to +45 degrees Celsius

High altitude tests were conducted at Mount Elbrus, meanwhile, and the results confirmed the Mi-38's ability to fly in altitudes of up to 3,000 meters above sea level, and furthermore, it made a series of 50 flights during which piloting and navigation in the absence of visual visibility of landmarks and the horizon was assessed.

‘Considering there's high interest in the helicopter from both Russian and foreign customers, we're trying to test and document its capabilities to the maximum,’ director general of Russian Helicopters, Andrey Boginsky, said.

‘In particular, we are planning to test a new surveillance system and certify new hardened main rotor blades (which will also be used in Mi-171A2) in the near future.’

 The Mi-38 is equipped with new Russian-made TV7-117V engines, an integrated digital flight-navigation system with data able to be shown on five LCD displays, and a protected explosion-proof fuel system. 

The helicopter also comes with additional supports for the landing gear for soft ground and snow landings, while the Mi-38's integrated set of IBKO-38 onboard equipment provides the crew with high definition information necessary for ensuring a high level of flight safety. 

The helicopter cabin has seats which are easy to remove, removable sanitary facilities, and rollers to transport cargo.

It can be used for transporting cargo and passengers, search and rescue, and VIP transportation, in climates including maritime, tropical and cold environments.

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